THE ROCK: MY WIFE SAVED ME FROM A LIFE OF VIOLENCE & KINKY SEX

Published on: April 26, 2002

Before rocketing to fame as a wrestling sensation and the star of "The Scorpion King," The Rock lived a life fueled by kinky sex and violence.

He even met his wife moments before he was to take part in a wild sex orgy!

But he now attributes his phenomenal success to his wife, whose unconditional love turned his life around.

The Rock -- whose real name is Dwayne Johnson -- admits it took him years to learn to control his temper.

Once the gargantuan 6-foot-5, 275-pound wrestler choked a woman who jokingly insulted his father at a family wedding.

"The next thing I knew my hands were wrapped around her throat, squeezing the oxygen out of her tiny body," he writes in his autobiography "The Rock Says."

"This poor woman weighed about 120 pounds. I was moving her around like a rag doll, clearing glasses and dishes from the table with her body as she choked and gasped and scratched at my wrists."

In another violent episode, The Rock became so enraged at his University of Miami football teammate Kevin Patrick that he tried to rip his tongue out!

"Dwayne lost his mind," a friend recalled. "It started on the practice field when Dwayne and Kevin got into an argument over whose turn it was to participate in a drill.

"Two days later they ran into each other in the weight room. Kevin said something Dwayne didn't like, and the two of them began trading blows.

"They ended up rolling on the ground together. Before you knew it Dwayne reached into Kevin's mouth and tried to rip his tongue out. He was gripping it with his fist, and right before he could put all his power into it, a few players were able to separate them."

The Rock writes: "I wanted to kill Kevin. If I hadn't been pulled off I might have permanently scarred him."

The Rock also admits that he was a womanizer in his youth. He even brought two dates to his prom!

In a shocking sexual revelation, The Rock says he was about to participate in a 6-girl, 3-man orgy when he met Dany Garcia, the woman who would become his wife.

On the way to the orgy, The Rock and his pals stopped by a bar in Coral Gables, Fla., for some drinks and he first saw Dany.

"I knew immediately, this is the one for me. I know that sounds corny, but it's the absolute truth," writes The Rock, who didn't go to the orgy.

"I displayed one of the primary symptoms of love sickness: a complete disinterest in cheap, sleazy sex."

The Rock, now 30, cooled his temper after college. And after a brief stint in the Canadian Football League, he returned to the U.S. to marry Dany and train to be a wrestler.

Now he's a loving family man with a beautiful wife and infant daughter, Simone.

"I'm not ashamed to say my wife's the reason for my success," he declared. "I've been down and poor, and she's stuck with me. We're now sharing the success, knowing there's so much to live for."